Assessment of and Treatment Applied to Food Addiction to Encourage Self-Management of Obesity

Research & Engagement, 2017


Obesity is a major health issue in the United States and is associated with increased risk of comorbidities and higher medical costs. This is particularly a concern for rural residents, who have a greater rate of obesity than urban residents, but are disadvantaged in obtaining care because of a shortage of health care professionals. To address this, the research team will evaluate the efficacy of using nurse practitioners to deliver interventions to patients referred to an outpatient clinic for treatment of obesity. The primary objective is to evaluate the efficacy of four interventions in obese rural patients with and without food addiction to develop effective, better-targeted interventions to help obese rural residents successfully self-manage their obesity to enable them to live healthier lives and reduce the high cost of treating the comorbidities associated with obesity.



84 participants from nine different rural communities are currently enrolled in this study, which has accumulated over 1,000 volunteer hours. The team is currently working on data compilation, analyses, and manuscripts, as well as preparing another grant submission using data from this study.


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